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How can I get rid of excess fluid weight caused by dialysis?

In order to avoid excess fluid weight gain when you are on dialysis, you should maintain a healthy fluid level by drinking no more than a quart of liquid in excess of what is discharged from the body daily. You should also avoid salty foods, which increase thirst. If you have gained excess fluid weight, discuss the issue with your dialysis team, who can adjust the dialyzing time accordingly.
To get rid of excess fluid weight caused by dialysis follow these tips:
  • Drink only when thirsty.
  • Keep your blood sugar in the normal range. High blood sugars will make you thirsty.
  • Try eating ice cold or frozen fruits, vegetables or fluids (example: berries, grapes, flavored drinks).
  • Try eating hard candies, chewing gum or sliced lemon wedges to wet your mouth.
  • Most people find ice more satisfying than the same amount of water since it stays in the mouth longer. Remember ice still counts as fluid.
  • Staying busy may help you forget about wanting fluids.
  • Know how much fluid your cups and glasses hold. Try marking your glass with stripes to know how much fluid you are drinking.
  • Avoid high sodium foods.
Some high sodium foods are listed below:
  • salt
  • regular canned vegetables
  • salted popcorn
  • seasoned salt
  • sauerkraut
  • crackers
  • garlic or onion salt
  • pickles, olives
  • salted nuts
  • lemon pepper
  • regular canned soup
  • salted chips
  • meat tenderizers
  • pizza
  • pretzels
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • luncheon meats
  • Gatorade
  • hot dogs
  • sausage, chorizo
  • pastrami
  • salami
  • ham
  • bacon 

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